The Tuskegee Experiment and the Road Forward

Why the infamous study shouldn’t scare us away from the doctor. With reference to Alondra Nelson's BODY AND SOUL.

Nelson_Body coverWhile skepticism towards traditional health care is certainly part of the Tuskegee legacy, a case can be made to say that the horrors of the experiment inspired many Black folks to take on the role of advocating for better health care, culturally competent health care workers, and healing our communities. Body and Soul by Alondra Nelson (Columbia University) meticulously chronicles the Black Panther Party’s health activism. Using archives and information not widely known she spells out how the Black Panther Party were more than just politically radical, but were radical rethinking and working on the health of Black communities.

Published in: Ebony
By: R. L’Heureux Lewis

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